Week 3 Webinar/project development. 12.02.20
This week at the webinar we discussed many things, but the major points we touched on were -
The importance of discernment in the culling/editing of our images and talking about why we were choosing certain images over others in our CRJ’s. This is something I have been working on lots during the MA, and have, I feel, got substantially better at it. Last module, Laura commented that when I came back after my first showing of my WIP , she was shocked I got it down to what I did, as she expected it to be that I still had more images. I think this is something that is just getting easier with time. Looking forward to the FMP I can see how this will be harder, as I will be collating one set of images for book, or exhibition, and there will be a lot more images then to choose between. However, by then my ideas will of become even more refined than what they already are with regards to the project, so I am sure that that will in turn make it easier , as there will be some images that no matter how beautiful, and illustrative of alternative education, will not show where my project is at at that time.
Whether we view ourselves, and our practice more as farmers, or hunters . I personally feel I am in-between these two, as probably a vast number of photographers are. I am both in that I go to a shoot, or within the MA when I am photographing my family, with the purpose of finding a specific image , I construct to an extent in that I choose where to shoot, what time of day, who to photograph, at what angle, what frame to use etc etc. However there is also an element of waiting for the perfect documentary moment. My work so far this module is much more farmed in that it is constructed, even if constructed from memories, however, in general, my work is very much of a documentary, wait for the perfect illustrative moment.
Whether we believe we construct our images or not, and how far we go doing this, and how this is on a continuum, a spectrum that we will move across in our life times. This was linked by Amy and Ashley to the Myers briggs tendencies and how we can fluctuate and change our personalities essentially (or in this case the photographic genre we naturally gravitate towards) throughout our careers and lifetimes. As touched on above I definitely feel that this module I am a bit of a pendulum on the spectrum, of swinging back and forth between constructing and not. However, the reading this module and the webinars are definitely making me more informed in that I can see that my work, even the ‘documentary’ side of it, is much more constructed than I originally believed it to be.
I found this idea interesting as it’s exactly what I am going through at the moment, trying to work in tableaux for the first time. I am currently pushing myself on that spectrum towards an end that I certainly don’t naturally gravitate towards, however, I am doing it as a way to broaden my knowledge and push myself out of my comfort zone. As it happens I don’t really like being out of that comfort zone, because it is sometimes just a little bit boring, and lack lustre, but to of tried and attempted it is good, I think, artistically.
We then had a really big mix up where I typed something that Steph thought I was saying we don’t have to do any reading during the module. Obviously from my CRJ we can see thats not what I am doing. But I am including it here, because when I came away I had a really interesting thought about this, and how it relates to this module. The mix up came in that I wrote the message in the chat box whilst Steph was talking and had asked whether we all understood that we don’t have to read everything, this module is about not only looking at what is being recommended to us, but filtering that, finding new things, doing our own research. I replied that I understood that is it understood we don’t have to read, and should supplement with our own research absolutely. However, read out of context later in the webinar , it sounded like I was saying we don’t have to read. Which obviously would be insane. However, I found this ‘out of context’ and how easily it altered the meaning of what I was saying, really very interesting in relation to this module, and a great example of how context to something can change its meaning. My lesson is now learnt, I will not be typing in the chat box anymore for replies for questions, for, as Steph said, it can quite easily be read the wrong way.
We then discussed (after James commented on it) that in fact, how my decision to perhaps move away from the tableaux back towards, the documentary style is coming from an informed place. In that, I have read lots, watched the webinars, joined in the discussions in the webinars and forums, done some trial and error, read, watched and listened to even more, and after doing all of that , I have then come to the decision, that for me, I love looking at tableaux, but maybe I don’t love creating it. I find reading about it, researching it, and viewing it , very rewarding artistically and academically, but for me individually in my practice as an artist, I am more happy, more interested, and more stimulated by working in a documentary way. I came to this informed decision through the reading, research and work I have been doing this module.
We also discussed how this relates to LO 2 and 3 , and showing what worked, what didn’t, and recording that and our journey, within our CRJ’s. From how, I, for example, got from going from wanting to do documentary, to tableaux, to back to more documentary again. That it is great that I have these thoughts, but if I don’t write about them here in my CRJ they won’t know why and how I came to those conclusions, and I ultimately, cannot be marked on it.